Rhode Island Philharmonic to Perform Holst's THE PLANETS with Guest Conductor Michael Christie, 10/18-19
The Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra's season continues Saturday October 19, when Music Director LARRY RACHLEFF welcomes guest conductor MICHAEL CHRISTIE for a program featuring Gustav Holst's The Planets and the Schumann Cello Concerto, featuring cellist COLIN CARR in a return engagement. The concert takes place Saturday October 19 at 8:00pm at The Vets, 1 Avenue of the Arts in Providence.
Resident Conductor FRANCISCO NOYA presents an informal talk about the concert program in the auditorium before the concert from 7:00?7:25. WPRO News Talk 630 is the media sponsor for the season. Tickets ($15-100) are available at www.riphil.org/tickets, and at the RIPO box office: 401.248.7000.
The Amica Rush Hour performance, featuring a full performance of The Planets, is Friday October 18 at The Vets, 6:30pm.
Music director LARRY RACHLEFF said: "We welcome to the podium for the first time MICHAEL CHRISTIE, my friend and colleague, former music director of the Phoenix Symphony, to conduct Robert Schumann's romantic Cello Concerto and one of the top ten works for symphony orchestra, Gustav Holst's The Planets. As music director of Minnesota Opera, he brings his theatrical sensibility to The Planets. He's made it an important part of his career, performing The Planets all over this planet."
Guest conductor MICHAEL CHRISTIE is equally at home in the symphonic and the opera worlds. He began his tenure as the first-ever Music Director of the Minnesota Opera with the 2012-13 season. He served as Music Director of the Phoenix Symphony (2005-2013), Brooklyn Philharmonic (2005-2010) and as Chief Conductor of the Queensland Orchestra (2001-2004) in Australia, with guest appearances with Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonies of Dallas, St. Louis, Atlanta, Houston, Minnesota, Oregon, Indianapolis and Cincinnati. He made his New York Philharmonic debut in March 2007 when he stepped in on short notice for an ailing Ricardo Muti. Internationally, he has conducted the Rotterdam Philharmonic, DSO Berlin, Orchestre National de Lille, Swedish and Netherlands Radio Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony, NDR Hannover Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, the Sydney, Tasmanian, and Western Australian Symphonies and Opera Queensland, in Perth.
Rachleff added: "The piece vaulted Holst to international fame: his curiosity about astrology led to this hour-long work for a huge orchestra, with military band sounds, glorious string writing and active percussion noise. It's miraculous, depicting the symbolism of each planet from the war-torn fire of Mars to the beautiful tunes of the large Jupiter to eerie, dark Neptune, with women's chorus offstage to create this tremendous ethereal nature. A live performance of The Planets is a real happening, it's so compelling."
Rachleff continued: "Our old friend COLIN CARR is back, the great English cellist who's played Saint-Saens and Elgar with us. A poetic player, Colin brings his unique fire and intensity to Schumann's very dramatic work."
Cellist COLIN CARR appears throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and teacher. He has performed with major orchestras worldwide and has been a regular guest at the BBC Proms. He has performed several cycles of the Bach Solo Suites at venues including Wigmore Hall in London, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and the Gardner Museum in Boston. He appears at chamber music festivals worldwide and is often a guest with the Guarneri and Emerson string quartets and with New York's Chamber Music Society. He has won many prestigious international awards including First Prize in the Naumburg Competition, the Gregor Piatigorsky Memorial Award and Second Prize in the Rostropovich International Cello Competition. His most recent appearance with the Philharmonic was in November 2005.
The women of The Providence Singers join the orchestra for the Neptune movement of The Planets. Now beginning their 42nd season, Christine Noel's first as artistic director, The Providence Singers will perform twice more with the Philharmonic this season: Handel'sMessiah on December 7 and Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe on May 10.
The Philharmonic's season features eight Classical concerts on Saturday nights at Vets. Four are preceded by Amica Rush Hour concerts on Friday, and four have Friday Open Rehearsals. The Amica Rush Hour Series offers an early start time - 6:30pm - on four Fridays (October 18, November 15, March 21, April 11). These shorter, informal, accessible concerts feature full performances of select repertoire from theSaturday Classical concerts. Four Open Rehearsals, on Fridays at 5:30pm (September 20, January 17, February 21, May 9), offer insight into the collaboration between the conductor, guest artists and orchestra musicians as they prepare for the upcoming classical concert. Special events include the perennial holiday favorite Handel's Messiah with the Providence Singers on Saturday, December 7. Subscriptions are on sale now. Please call the Philharmonic box office at 401.248.7000, or visit www.riphil.org/tickets.
THE PLANETS: at-a-glance
CONDUCTOR: Michael Christie, guest conductor
SOLOIST: Colin Carr, cello
The Women of The Providence Singers
SCHUMANN HOLST: Concerto, Violoncello, op.129, A minor The Planets
WHERE: The Vets: Veterans Memorial Auditorium, 1 Avenue of the Arts in Providence, RI
WHEN: Saturday October 19 at 8:00pm